Our allies at Friends of the Congo, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch have expressed grave concern about the detention of Jean-Marie Kalonji & Sylva Mbikayi by the Congolese military.

We are very concerned about their welfare. Please help by doing all you can to bring maximum attention to their situation—with the expectation of securing their immediate release!

From Amnesty: "Jean-Marie Kalonji, an activist with the youth movement Quatrieme voie/ il est temps, was arrested by military security forces on Friday 23 June in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). His colleague and lawyer Sylva Mbikayi was arrested a few hours later when he attempted to visit Jean-Marie Kalonji where he was detained."

"Please write immediately in French or your own language:

—Calling on the Congolese authorities to release Jean-Marie Kalonji and Sylva Mbikayi immediately and unconditionally;

—Calling on them to ensure that Jean-Marie Kalonji and Sylva Mbikayi have full and immediate access to a lawyer of their choosing, family members and medical assistance;

—Urging the Congolese authorities to guarantee that Jean-Marie Kalonji and Sylva Mbikayi are not subjected to torture and other ill-treatment."

Download the call to action here.

More info from Human Rights Watch here.

Date posted: 7-5-17